Changing app icons on Android can be a fun way to personalize your device and give it a fresh look. While the process may vary slightly depending on your Android version and device, there are generally a few methods you can use to change app icons. In this guide, we will explore different approaches, ranging from built-in options to third-party apps, that can help you customize the icons on your Android device.
Method 1: Using Built-in Options (Android 8.0 Oreo and later)
Android 8.0 Oreo introduced a feature called “Adaptive Icons,” which allows app developers to create adaptive and customizable app icons. While not all apps support adaptive icons, you can still change the icons of those that do by following these steps:
- Long-press the app icon you want to change on your home screen.
- A pop-up menu will appear. Select “Edit” or “Edit App.”
- Depending on your device and Android version, you may need to tap on an option like “Icon Shape” or “App Icon” to proceed.
- Choose from the available options for the app icon shape. Some common options include circle, square, rounded square, or teardrop.
- Once you select an icon shape, you might be presented with additional customization options like icon packs or different variations of the icon shape. Explore these options and choose the one that suits your preference.
- Once you’re satisfied with the new icon, tap “Done” or “Apply” to save the changes.
- The app icon on your home screen will now be updated according to your chosen customization.
Method 2: Using Custom Launchers (All Android Versions)
If your Android version doesn’t support adaptive icons or you want more extensive customization options, you can use custom launchers. Launchers are apps that replace your device’s default home screen and app drawer, providing a unique interface and enhanced customization. Here’s how you can change app icons using a custom launcher:
- Install a custom launcher from the Google Play Store. Some popular options include Nova Launcher, Apex Launcher, and Action Launcher.
- After installing the launcher, open it and set it as your default home screen app. You’ll usually be prompted to do this upon launching the app for the first time, but if not, you can go to Settings > Home and select the custom launcher.
- Once you’ve set the custom launcher as the default, go to your home screen and long-press the app icon you want to change.
- A menu will appear. Select “Edit” or “Change App Icon” (the option might differ depending on the launcher you’re using).
- You’ll be presented with various icon packs or options to choose from. Some custom launchers even allow you to import your own custom icons from an image file or icon pack.
- Browse through the available icon packs and select the one you prefer. You can preview the icons before applying them.
- Tap “Apply” or “OK” to confirm the changes, and the app icon will be updated with the new icon from the selected icon pack.
Method 3: Using Third-Party Icon Packs (All Android Versions)
If you’re not interested in changing your entire home screen but still want to customize your app icons, you can use third-party icon packs. Icon packs are downloadable packages containing a collection of custom icons for various apps. Follow these steps to change app icons using third-party icon packs:
- Install a third-party icon pack from the Google Play Store. Some popular options include Whicons, Pixel Icon Pack, and CandyCons.
- Once the icon pack is installed, go to your device’s settings and find the “Home Screen” or “Home Settings